BRIDPORT Medical Centre is calling for volunteers as it plans to vaccinate about 2,000 people on Saturday.
The flow of COVID-19 vaccination stock to Bridport Medical Centre has increased, allowing the Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network team to expand the vaccination programme.
The supply of AstraZeneca vaccine will allow them to vaccinate between 1,500 to 2,000 patients per day, including patients from Bridport, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.
The team now hope to vaccinate regularly twice a week, delivery of vaccine allowing, starting this Saturday (January 23).
A spokesman for Bridport Medical Centre said: “We have moved on to Cohort 3 – aged 75 to 79yrs – and are contacting patients to book into this clinic.
“The large volume of vaccinations poses a huge logistical challenge both within the medical centre but also with car parking at the centre and traffic in the surrounding roads. People attending are advised to please plan ahead.
“Those attending should please arrive no earlier than five minutes prior to their appointment time.
“Parking on site will be strictly limited to those with severe mobility issues who would not otherwise be able to get to the centre. Those attending for vaccination should please utilise the public car parks in and around the town centre and make the five to 10-minute walk to the centre; this should minimise traffic around the medical centre.”
Car parking spaces have been allocated in Plottinghams and West Street car parks for those attending for a COVID vaccination. Marshals will be able to direct walkers to the centre.
The spokesman added: “The vaccinating teams and marshals will do everything they can to minimise wait times, but queues do sometimes spill outside; a dry day is forecast but patients are asked to wear suitable clothing and footwear to prepare against cold and wet weather.
“Please avoid West Allington and West Road as queueing traffic is expected; the team will do their best to keep things moving but request that anyone local to please avoid the area on these days.”
If you are interested in volunteering to help marshal at the clinics, email firstname.lastname@example.org
What you need to know about the vaccine roll-out in Dorset
When will I get my jab?
The vaccines are being delivered in line with national guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which means those people who are most at risk will be invited first.
Find more advice here.
The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated
People are asked to be patient and not contact their GP practice or hospital to request a vaccine. The NHS will be in touch when it’s your turn.
Where will I get my jab?
There are currently a number of ways the vaccine is being rolled out locally by the NHS, including:
- GP-led vaccinations services which are now up and running across Dorset. All of Dorset’s 18 primary care networks – including Jurassic Coast Primary Care Network at Bridport Medical Centre – are now offering the vaccine. These services include groups of GPs working together as primary care networks to vaccinate the most vulnerable to their collective patients in one location. This means that you may not be vaccinated by your local GP and may be required to travel to a different site nearby to where you live.
- Hospital hubs at Dorchester, Bournemouth and Poole hospitals are live, with a focus on health and social care staff at the moment.
- Roving service with the vaccine being taken into care homes and into people’s own homes if they are housebound and unable to attend a vaccination site. This is being co-ordinated locally with your GP service and you will be told when the vaccinating team will be visiting you.
- A network of large vaccination centres across the country, which will be able to offer the vaccine to large numbers of people, is currently going live. The large vaccination centre at the Bournemouth International Centre is one of several places people can get their jab.
- Community pharmacies are due to come onboard in the near future as more vaccine supplies come on stream.
Health and social care workers
The NHS is working with your employer to signpost you to the most appropriate venue for your vaccination to take place. Please contact your employer for details and not your local GP.
To find more frequently asked questions, visit dorsetccg.nhs.uk